Ghost Cult continues our “End of Year Guest Post Extravaganza” with a slew of posts from bands, industry, PR pros, and more! We’ll be sharing lists, memories, and other shenanigans from our favorite bands, partners, music industry peers, and other folks we respect across the globe. In this edition, Tom Begley of post-Rock band BOSSK shares his Top Albums List for 2020 on our readers. The band has completed a new album for 2021 and has booked
Every decade has its own set of trends that define it. It normally takes hindsight to see what will make a particular decade stand out but 2020 has already made a horrifyingly immediate distinction for itself. A pandemic-induced alteration of the scene itself has resulted in delayed releases, canceled tours, musicians at near equal ratios of inspiration and burnout, Zoom as a primary means of communication, and livestreams taking the place of proper concerts. All things considered, I am glad that a top albums list could still be made with a multitude of strong candidates. It’s been a shitty year with the light at the end of the tunnel still out of sight, but we still got tunes.
After a few out-of-genre collaborations with Lume and Catchechism, REZN’s third proper album returns to their signature Electric Wizard meets Elder on Quaaludes style. Chaotic Divine (Off The Record Label) is right in line with its predecessors, for the most part, pairing the sprawling length of 2017’s Let It Burn with the broadened atmospherics and instrumentation of 2018’s Calm Black Water. However, the heightened Ambient and Post Rock influences have resulted in what is easily their most ambitious effort so far.
With All Them Witches recently becoming a power trio after five albums as a quartet, it’s easy to imagine that their sixth full-length would reflect a changed dynamic. But for the most part, the Nashvillians’ vision is largely undeterred on Nothing As The Ideal (New West Records). The overall runtime may be the band’s shortest to date at only forty-three minutes long, but their signature mix of Fuzz Blues, Americana, and tripped out ambiance allows for plenty of exploration. Not much has changed on the surface but there are certainly ways to show off the more straightforward approach.
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Ghost continues their meteoric rise with a full headline arena tour of Europe next fall. Direct support will come from All Them Witches and Tribulation. Tickets go on sale this Friday! All dates are below. Continue reading
Desertfest is taking over the next few weekends with the first Desertfest in New York coming up this weekend and the London and Berlin events happening the week after. Desertfest Berlin features Om, Fu Manchu, All Them Witches, Colour Haze, Greenleaf, Monkey3, Witch and more! Check out the day by day running order now! Desertfest Berlin takes place May 3rd – 5th at the Arena Berlin!Continue reading
Gojira and Deafheaven will team up for a short U.S. tour leading up to their appearance at Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival 2019. All Them Witches will provide support at the Raleigh and Charlotte shows.Continue reading
Swedish stoner rock greats Greenleaf were busy in 2018. They released their excellent new opus Hear The Rivers via Napalm Records, toured a ton, and even released a great Pink Floyd cover! Without changing what made them great, the band continues to evolve and grow with their seventh record, and they have much more in store next year. They were also cool enough to share their favorite music of 2018 with you, our readers.
Big news for the 2019 festival circuit as Fu Manchu has been named the Sunday headliner for Desertfest London. Fu Manchu will headline Roundhouse on the Sunday 5th of May. Joining them will be All Them Witches, Earthless, Witch, and Colour Haze. More bands to be announced after the new year. Continue reading